"A Uniform Solution?" - The New York Times - On the …
uniforms wll not solve all the problems listed. but they might do what Ms. Clinton implied, focus students attention on studies rather thatn their clothes. blur the distinction between the affluent and the poor, stop students from wearing inappropriate and provocative clothing.
Nov 30, 2007 · “A Uniform Solution
If there are any financial problems in purchasing the uniform the school will support those families, please contact Mr Hill at the school for advice.
I agree with Will Okun in this article. School uniforms will not address the problems that he lays out. It also seems that Clinton’s desire for girls to focus more on learning then on what they are wearing, speaks to another wider issue that affects schools with all levels of funding and performance. This is a an issue of our consumer culture and how we teach children, especially girls to concentrate on how they look and to buy products and clothes that help them fit societal stereotypes. Simply forcing students to wear uniforms will not address this problem, even if it might postpone some of the associated practices until after school. Better programs for teaching students to appreciate their bodies and to be proud of themselves for accomplishments outside of appearance and material possessions and teaching students to be conscious of the media they consume might actually start to make a difference in the societal expectations for young men and women.
The Trouble with School Uniforms (*) - Alfie Kohn
As with school prayer, I think proponents of school uniforms are relying on a simple, popular and very superficial “solution” to remedy the complex societal and educational issues that currently plague the schools and students in our cities’ low-income communities. Small changes produce small results. We as a nation need to reassess our priorities and practices if we truly believe that all children, regardless of race or income, should have equal access to a first-rate public education. Or do we as a nation implicitly accept the current two-tier educational system that guarantees a superior education only to those who can afford it?
The Trouble with School Uniforms - Alfie Kohn
These are the obstacles that the failing students at my school in Chicago are unable to overcome. I cannot envision how school uniforms begin to address any of these issues. In fact, the most comprehensive study on the impact of school uniforms, , concluded that “uniforms have no direct effect on substance use, behavioral problems or attendance.” In fact, “a negative effect of uniforms on student academic achievement was found.”
Pros and Cons of School Uniforms - ThoughtCo
I sincerely doubt that Sen. Clinton thinks that uniforms will address all of those problems, or that she or uniform advocates believe that addressing the inequities in American education start and end with a uniform. I’m sure it is frustrating to hear such a shallow panacea as though it were the solution to all the problems, and I know that our culture simultaneously expects our schools to solve all of our social problems while undermining the respect, support, and goals of teachers. Undoubtedly the disparities have been catastrophic for too many for too long.
What are the pros and cons of school uniforms
When students wear uniforms, it removes the visual cue counselors and educators rely on to gain insight into what might be happening in a students life. A drastic change in the way a student dresses often indicates underlying problems that may need to be addressed. Self-selected student clothing acts as a barometer, indicating personal feelings and potential problems. A mandated uniform would definitely camouflage what the individual choice of clothing could reveal (King, 1998.)